La Chorrera, Panama

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La Chorrera
District
Flag of La Chorrera
Flag
Coat of arms of La Chorrera
Coat of arms
La Chorrera is located in Panama
La Chorrera
La Chorrera
Location of the district capital in Panama
Coordinates: 8°29′N 79°57′W / 8.483°N 79.950°W / 8.483; -79.950
Country  Panama
District La Chorrera
Area
 • Total 130 sq mi (337 km2)
Population (2010)
 • Total 161.470 hab.
Time zone ETZ (UTC-5)

La Chorrera is a city and municipality in central Panama, located about 30 km south-west of Panama City. It is one of the larger cities in the country and is fond of the phrase "La Bella, Enamoradora y Querendona, La Gran Chorrera", reportedly as a tribute to its beautiful women, kind people, and happy nightlife.

La Chorrera is renowned for its international fair and famous as being the home of Bollo and Chicheme. It is the home of San Francisco F.C., Mariano Rivera (Apaga y Vamonos, New York Yankees), Vicente Mosquera (former World Boxing Champion), and José Luis Garcés.

Geography and climate[edit]

El Chorro of La Chorrera

La Chorrera has a warm tropical climate with heavy seasonal rains in the months of May to November, leading to extensive grasslands that favor the raising of cattle and to a lesser extent pigs.

The fertile lands yield good crops of pineapple, rice, coffee, oranges, cassava, beans and sugar cane. Approximately 2% of the country's lumber comes from this district.

Location[edit]

La Chorrera is located on the Panamerican Highway between the districts of Capira and Arraiján, and is about 7 kilometers from the Pacific coast.

History[edit]

It has not been determined accurately where the origin of the name of La Chorrera, but it is assumed that it is due to the large number of waterfalls that exist, which include El Chorro de La Chorrera, El Chorro Trinidad, El Chorro de Canoa Quebrada and others.

References[edit]

Coordinates: 8°52′45″N 79°46′56″W / 8.8792°N 79.7822°W / 8.8792; -79.7822